It is November. The Holiday season is upon us! And, most important, I am back after a 6-month hiatus. What happened in this months? Why it took so long? Let's go over this step by step in this kind of “release notes” for myself.
First question I should answer: what happened in these last six months? After all, I had a stric schedule of three articles per month – at least.
Wordpress is awesome, but in the last period it was really starting to mess me up. First problem: security. With the blog getting slightly bigger, security attack/concerns started getting bigger as well. At some point, I started getting 200 spam comments a day (even if comments were disabled globally), 10 spam emails per day through the contacts form, and hundreds of access requests. In reality, this is not a huge deal (most of them was filter automatically), but getting 10 times the daily visitors in the form of bots really bothered me (and probably the hosting too).
In conclusion, I switched to Hugo, a static website generator. While I've lost a lot of nice things of Wordpress, I now have two big plus: I don't have a PHP bomb on my server, and I can do whatever I want in my pages without continually fighting with a CSM framework.
So I have spent most of this time moving blog posts one by one into the new format, fixing the theme, and more. There are still many things missing I need to revamp, but – at least – I can write more posts!
Last six months have been a sequence of up and downs. Because I can not fix myself, I decided that my goal would be to ignore everything and continue setting all the rest; hopefully, myself will follow. Unfortunately, this is hard. It is not something you can start doing overnight. But what else can I do if not persist?
So, according to this program, it is time for me to move to another city. This is a considerable challenge financially and logistically. But it will probably be the focus for November/December.
What's Coming Up
November it is NaNoWriMo month. Last year's event went exceptionally well. This year I started planning in advance, then I messed up. The upside is that I am not in a worse situation than NaNoWriMo 2017. I'll start from two existing chapters, I'll rewrite them and continue from there. I am a bit more scared than last year. Let's how it goes.
NaNoWriMo absorbs a lot of my writing potential, but with a “renovated” blog I need to write something. No big series, no huge things, I don't have anything planned yet, but I'll write something.
There are so many things missing yet in this blog, things that I need to fix, that I don't know where to start. However, as I said, I think the important things is to have a place in which I can speak again. And now I have it, and I can talk again. I hope you stick around for that - if you care.
Have a great month!